It was brilliant and it did rain, not just rain but massive thunder storm, winds and torrential does not even start to describe it.
However I have a confession to make. I am a totally incompetent photographer. I took my Panasonic Bridge camera with me complete with two spare batteries. Took loads of photos in the afternoon and of the rain storm, also messed about with a few short videos.
Then in the evening I took a few more of the stage before Santana came on and then the battery died, not to worry, two spares. When did I last charge them??? Hmm some time ago, I wonder if they have any charge. First one nothing, oh dear, second one nothing. What a prat!!!
So we enjoyed the concert and I thought I could write something and use the photos I took in the afternoon.
This morning I looked for the battery charger and it is not in my bag of tricks, I presumably left it at home. So double prat. ( slight excuse we did pack in 15 minutes flatt as Brittany ferries had rung us to reschedule our ferry ).
OK briefly and without photos, great venue, only saw a tail end of one artist then rain started, we sat under a tree, security said move on, as trees get lightning, So we sat under a big marquee selling Cognac, security then came along and said move on, closing early due to orrage. We walked through heavy rain and sheltered in entrance to museum, security said move on, completely leave site and re entry for Santana may happen at 7pm. ( I think they normally clear the site around 5pm as afternoon stuff is free and evening stuff is paid for)
So we sat in car for an hour or so, watched rain and lightning and around 7pm it cleared and we went down to entrance. Massive crowds, gates closed, few nervous looking Gendarmes about. Eventually about 8pm gates open and we gradually shuffled in. All other acts had been cancelled and Santana was still happening at scheduled time of 10.30pm which it did.
The little venue was stuffed, all open air, if it had rained/storm as in the afternoon it would have been chaos and very dangerous. It did not, Santana were brilliant, not just Carlos but all the musicians, played lots of old favourites, also very political (on the side of the good guys.. my side), and it finished not on time but half an hour late at 12.30pm Then a 50 mile drive home through tiny Charente villages and bed.